Day 2: Thursday 9 October

After a day’s break to allow time for reflection, the second day of the project was a chance for the group to continue making their traditional sampler designs and also saw the addition of a seventh member to the group, Jamnaben’s sister Miraben. It was interesting to see the group together in a sort of sewing circle out of which came numerous discussions of what samplers still needed to be made, who was to make the sampler and what colour combination should be used. Although the group were back working within their traditional media, it was obvious that their design ethic and consideration had been fully activated through the previous days tasks.

Tourtoise

Later that day Premjibhai, Jamnaben’s husband, took Emma and LOkesh on a tour around another part of the community which was heavily involved in the production of shoes for the local markets. Something that made this visit so pertinent to the project was that numerous members of the group’s husbands worked within this small industrial space to earn the family’s livelihood through the trade. Winding through small cramped lanes, Premjibhai led LOkesh and Emma through the village stopping at various different parts of the production process and at workshops that worked with numerous different types of materials. A lot of the workshops who were involved in one part of the production process would usually pass their part completed products to family relations, working just a few doors down, to continue with the next stage of the process. The community was a small mass production process passed from family to family until the product was complete.

The day’s session of making continued into the afternoon with Emma and LOkesh making their own samplers under the expert supervision of the group. Later that afternoon, the group had visits from other members of the community’s pets, including Honey and Sweety the rabbits and a tortoise who lived just a few doors down from where the workshop was being held. The atmosphere was a relaxed and productive one, so much so that it seemed odd to think of any other way of this craft being produced.

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